Peng Soon rejoins BAM, will mentor young national players

Chan Peng Soon in action at the BWF World Tour Finals in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Dec 1, 2021. - AP

PETALING JAYA: National men's doubles ace Chan Peng Soon has rejoined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), two years after he and former partner Goh Liu Ying left to become independent shuttlers.

The move was not a surprise as the 33-year-old had previously said he had planned his next move ending the 13-year partnership with Liu Ying.

BAM, in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 7), said they have accepted Peng Soon's application to rejoin the national set-up, who will report for duty on Jan 1.

"After thorough deliberation, BAM has decided to absorb the accomplished 33-year-old shuttler with the objective of strengthening the mixed doubles department and giving him a mentor role for the youthful national squad," said BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria.

"We are delighted to add a player of his experience to our national team.

"In his application, he stated his intentions to fight for Paris 2024 and expressed his determination to also serve as a mentor.

"He will share the wealth of his experience with our young players and we have no doubt that his qualities will complement the many young talents we have here in BAM," he said.

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